South Carolina Ranked 3rd Worst State for Dangerous Roads in Latest Study

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Wall Street 24/7 has released its latest study of United States Roadways, ranking the safest and most unsafe by state.? Coming in as the safest state is Rhode Island with Mississippi coming in as the worst.? Six of the top ten worst regionally fall in the Southeast with South Carolina coming in this year’s survey as the 3rd worst state for roadway safety.

Here is how the Top 10 in both categories ranked.

Top 10 Most Dangerous Roads

10. Louisiana
> Road deaths per 100,000: 16.2
> 2016 roadway fatalities: 757 (19th most)
> Seat belt use: 88%
> Deadliest holiday in 2016: Martin Luther King’s Birthday (14 fatal crashes)
> Fatal crashes on rural roads: 49%

9. Oklahoma
> Road deaths per 100,000: 17.4
> 2016 roadway fatalities: 683 (21st most)
> Seat belt use: 87%
> Deadliest holiday in 2016: Labor Day (8 fatal crashes)
> Fatal crashes on rural roads: 62%

8. Montana
> Road deaths per 100,000: 18.2
> 2016 roadway fatalities: 190 (11th least)
> Seat belt use: 76%
> Deadliest holiday in 2016: Labor Day (4 fatal crashes)
> Fatal crashes on rural roads: 89%

7. Arkansas
> Road deaths per 100,000: 18.2
> 2016 roadway fatalities: 545 (25th most)
> Seat belt use: 75%
> Deadliest holiday in 2016: Memorial Day (9 fatal crashes)
> Fatal crashes on rural roads: 66%

6. Kentucky
> Road deaths per 100,000: 18.8
> 2016 roadway fatalities: 834 (16th most)
> Seat belt use: 87%
> Deadliest holiday in 2016: Columbus Day (11 fatal crashes)
> Fatal crashes on rural roads: 73%

5. Wyoming
> Road deaths per 100,000: 19.1
> 2016 roadway fatalities: 112 (4th least)
> Seat belt use: 81%
> Deadliest holiday in 2016: Columbus Day (2 fatal crashes)
> Fatal crashes on rural roads: 81%

4. New Mexico
> Road deaths per 100,000: 19.3
> 2016 roadway fatalities: 402 (20th least)
> Seat belt use: 92%
> Deadliest holiday in 2016: Columbus Day (10 fatal crashes)
> Fatal crashes on rural roads: 56%

3. South Carolina
> Road deaths per 100,000: 20.5
> 2016 roadway fatalities: 1,015 (13th most)
> Seat belt use: 94%
> Deadliest holiday in 2016: Martin Luther King’s Birthday (16 fatal crashes)
> Fatal crashes on rural roads: 60%

2. Alabama
> Road deaths per 100,000: 21.3
> 2016 roadway fatalities: 1,038 (11th most)
> Seat belt use: 92%
> Deadliest holiday in 2016: Columbus Day (18 fatal crashes)
> Fatal crashes on rural roads: 62%

1. Mississippi
> Road deaths per 100,000: 23.1
> 2016 roadway fatalities: 690 (20th most)
> Seat belt use: 78%
> Deadliest holiday in 2016: Independence Day (11 fatal crashes)
> Fatal crashes on rural roads: 98%

Top 10 Safest

  1. Rhode Island
  2. New York
  3. Massachusetts
  4. New Jersey
  5. Minnesota
  6. Washington
  7. Connecticut
  8. Maryland
  9. Hawaii
  10. Illinois

Note:? 9 of the top 10 Safest are Northern States


To rank the safest and most dangerous states to drive in the United States, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed roadway fatality data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety along with urban and rural travel data from the Federal Highway Administration, each for 2016. The number of fatal roadway deaths was then adjusted for the population, noted as fatalities per 100,000 residents. Seat belt use rates and the share of fatal accidents on rural roads are also from IIHS and are all for 2016. Fatal injuries due to vehicle accidents include pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. Data on holiday deaths are for 2016 and came from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

In 5 years, South Carolina has gone from 39th to 2nd in the nation for worst and rudest drivers

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In 2012, did a survey of 2000 drivers on the states with the rudest drivers. ?South Carolina finished a modest 39th. ?A very respectable ranking in a not so savory survey. ?Fast forward to 2016. ? ranked South Carolina as the 3rd worst in the nation for drivers. ?Now, in 2017, Kars4Kidz conducted a new survey of 2500 participants and South Carolina has the honor of finishing as the 2nd worst drivers.

Results are based on individual online surveys through AYTM (Ask Your Target Market) with 50 licensed drivers in each state for a total of 2500 respondents, aged 18 and older, and conducted from March to April 2017. Question and answer order were randomized. Based on the total population of adults per state the sampling error was ± 12% with a confidence level of 90%.

Surveys – Rudest / Worst Drivers

2012 – South Carolina 39th (Rudest Drivers)

2016 – South Carolina 3rd (Worst Drivers)

2017 Kars4Kidz – South Carolina 2nd (Rudest Drivers)

2017 Kars4Kidz Results:

1. Idaho 11. South Dakota 21. Massachusetts 31. Illinois 41. Iowa
2. New Mexico 12. Utah 22. Kentucky 32. New Jersey 42. Pennsylvania
3. Oregon 13. Texas 23. Minnesota 33. Virginia 43. Oklahoma
4. Montana 14. Arizona 24. Delaware 34. Indiana 44. Georgia
5. Alaska 15. Michigan 25. Nevada 35. Ohio 45. Maine
6. Hawaii 16. Florida 26. Alabama 36. Nebraska 46. Wisconsin
7. Colorado 17. California 27. Tennessee 37. North Dakota 47. Louisiana
8. Washington 18. West Virginia 28. North Carolina 38. Rhode Island 48. Arkansas
9. Vermont 19. Wyoming 29. Missouri 39. Kansas 49. South Carolina
10. New Hampshire 20. Maryland 30. Connecticut 40. Mississippi 50. New York

How aggressively do you respond to slow driving?

Do you let a car merge in front of you in heavy traffic?

Do you respond rudely when being tailgated?

Do you use your turning signals?

Would you steal someone’s parking spot?

Would you speed up to stop someone from passing you? 2016 Results: 2012 Results

The states with the rudest drivers — and the states that hate them most

Rude rank State Most hated by drivers from:
1 Idaho Arizona
2 Washington, D.C. Maryland
3 New York California
4 Wyoming Montana
5 Massachusetts New Hampshire
6 Delaware Georgia
6 Vermont California
8 New Jersey New York
9 Nevada California
10 Utah California
11 Alaska Arizona
12 Louisiana Texas
13 Connecticut New Jersey
14 Rhode Island Massachusetts
15 Iowa Illinois
16 Oklahoma Texas
17 California Texas
18 Alabama Georgia
19 Arkansas California
20 Mississippi Tennessee
21 Colorado California
21 New Mexico Texas
23 Florida Georgia
24 Ohio Kentucky
25 Georgia Florida
25 Illinois Wisconsin
27 Texas California
28 Hawaii Kansas
28 Kansas Missouri
28 Virginia North Carolina
28 West Virginia Pennsylvania
32 Kentucky Ohio
32 Maryland Pennsylvania
34 Arizona California
35 Michigan Ohio
36 Indiana Illinois
37 Pennsylvania New Jersey
38 Tennessee Alabama
39 Missouri Kansas
39 South Carolina North Carolina
41 South Dakota Texas
42 North Carolina South Carolina
43 Washington Oregon
44 Nebraska Pennsylvania
45 Wisconsin Illinois
46 Oregon California
47 Minnesota Wisconsin
48 Montana District of Columbia
48 New Hampshire Minnesota
50 Maine Maryland
51 North Dakota Michigan
Source:, based on a survey of 2,000 drivers in July 2014.

South Carolina Ranks #3 Worst State for Drivers in new Study

In a new report released by, South Carolina ranks #3 worst in the United States and #1 in fatalities per 1 million traffic miles traveled.? Below is the full study, methodology and results.


The rankings for this study are based on statistics made available to the public by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Each state is ranked according to the following categories:

  • Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled
  • Failure to Obey (Percentage of Fatal Crashes that involved Traffic Signals, Not Wearing Seat Belts, and Driving with an Invalid Driver’s License)
  • Drunk Driving (Percentage of Fatal Crashes that Involved Alcohol)
  • Speeding (Percentage of Driving Fatalities that were Speed-Related)
  • Careless Driving (Pedestrian & Bicyclist Fatalities per 100,000 Population)

We translated all of this information into one?Total Score, with the worst states receiving the lowest scores.

For example, North Dakota, the state with the worst rating for Drunk Driving — or the highest percentage of fatal crashes due to Drunk Driving — earned just one point in this category. Utah,?the state with the lowest percentage, received a score of 51.

Ten States with the Worst Drivers:

#10 –?Montana

Best Ranking Factor: Careless Driving: 36th
Worst Ranking Factor:?Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled: 3rd


Moving from first place last year to tenth place this year, Montana seems to have done a lot to improve the quality of driving on the road. The state came in above average for Careless Driving but still has some work to do taking third place for Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled.

Here’s hoping that next year, Montana will improve even more and won’t show up on our list.

#8 – Arizona (tie)

Best Ranking Factor:?Drunk Driving: 32nd
Worst Ranking Factor:?Failure to Obey & Careless Driving: 5th


Arizona also improved on its score from last year, moving from sixth to eighth place. The state’s worst ranking factor was a tie between Failure to Obey and Careless Driving causing over 170 fatalities combined.

#8 – Alabama (tie)

Best Ranking Factor: Speeding: 27th
Worst Ranking Factor: Careless Driving: 9th


Alabama tied with Arizona this year for the eighth worst state for bad drivers.

The state ranked ninth in Careless Driving. Because Alabama?didn’t make it onto our list last year, we can only assume that driving habits have regressed. Hopefully, Alabama drivers will focus on safe driving and remove themselves from our list next year.

#7 – Nevada

Best Ranking Factor:?Failure to Obey: 29th
Worst Ranking Factor:?Careless Driving: 4th


Coming in at number seven, Nevada scored above average in Failure to Obey. But drivers in the state ranked fourth for Careless Driving causing 78 fatalities on the road from Careless Driving alone. Nevada’s second highest score was eighth for Drunk Driving.

#6 – New Mexico

Best Ranking Factor:?Failure to Obey: 36th
Worst Ranking Factor:?Careless Driving: 1st


New Mexico improved on our list from last year, moving from second to sixth place. The state did well in the Failure to Obey category, but ranked first — or worst — in Careless Driving and sixth in Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled.

#5 – Delaware

Best Ranking Factor:?Drunk Driving: 26th
Worst Ranking Factor:?Careless Driving: 3rd


Delaware moved on our list from ninth last year to fifth this year. Scoring third in Careless Driving and eighth in Speeding, Delaware drivers have a lot to do to make their roads a safer place to travel.

#4 – North Dakota?

Best Ranking Factor:?Careless Driving: 20th
Worst Ranking Factor:?Drunk Driving: 1st


An issue with Drunk Driving caused North Dakota to slip on our list from seventh place last year to fourth this year. Drunk Driving caused 66 deaths in North Dakota last year. It’s a serious problem that drivers in the state need to recognize and address.

The fact that North Dakota placed sixth in Speeding only adds fuel to the fire. Individuals who are drinking and driving over the speed limit are far more likely to cause fatal accidents than those who are following the law.

#3 – South Carolina

Best Ranking Factor:?Failure to Obey: 34th
Worst Ranking Factor:?Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled:?1st


South Carolina came in close to their score last year, coming in at third this year instead of second. While drivers in South Carolina scored well in the Failure to Obey category, they placed first in Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled and seventh in both Speeding and Careless Driving.

#1 – Texas (tie)

Best Ranking Factor:?Careless Driving: 14th
Worst Ranking Factor:?Drunk Driving: 3rd


Texas, tying with Louisiana, slipped on our list from fourth last year to first. Drivers in Texas ranked third for Drunk Driving, ninth for Speeding, and ninth for Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled.

Texas scored top 15 in every category. Needless to say, this state has a lot to improve on when it comes to safe driving.

#1 – Louisiana (tie)

Best Ranking Factor:?Speeding: 30th
Worst Ranking Factor:?Failure to Obey: 1st


With an above average score in Speeding, Louisiana comes in for a tie for first place because of its score in every other category.

Drivers in Louisiana scored poorly in Failure to Obey (1st), Careless Driving (5th), Fatalities Rate per 100 Million Vehicle Miles Traveled (5th), and Drunk Driving (6th). With those scores, there’s no denying that Louisiana is in serious need of change on the road.

Best Predictor of States with Bad Drivers: Careless Driving

Careless Driving has been an excellent predictor of bad scores in past years, and this year’s study is no exception. Of?the 20 worst states overall, 16 states were ranked in the worst half for Careless Driving.

The majority of Careless Driving is done by distracted drivers — people who drive while doing other activities that take their attention away from driving.

The most common reason for distracted driving is a cell phone. In fact, 64 percent of all car accidents?involve cell phone usage.

One major thing we can all do as competent and caring drivers is to put away our cell phones before we ever get behind a wheel. Hiding them?will help keep our eyes on the road and our minds on the important task before us.

Failure to Obey and Fatal Accidents

It is interesting to note that the Failure to Obey category had the smallest?correlation with the overall number of fatal accidents. While three of the 10 worst states scored under 10, three others (Nevada, South Carolina, and New Mexico) were ranked in the best half in the same category.

While there is no doubt that a failure to obey traffic signals and laws puts you at a greater risk for an accident, it seems that other factors weigh more heavily when it comes to fatal accidents on the road.

For all media inquiries, please email:?Josh Barnes

Charleston, SC Based Zubie debuts Teen App, offering peace of mind for parents, richer understanding of driving behavior for insurers

Media Release:? Zubie Teen App debuts, offering peace of mind for parents, richer understanding of driving behavior for insurers

CHARLESTON, S.C. September 6, 2016:? Zubie, a leading connected-car platform and telematics provider, has bolstered its suite of family-friendly consumer and usage-based insurance (UBI) solutions with the introduction of its Zubie Teen App. The Zubie Teen App helps keep young drivers safer on the road by proactively providing teens and their parents a personalized view of driving behavior insights combined with coaching tips, always-on location monitoring and a remote view of the operating health of the car.

For insurers, the new Teen App complements Zubie’s suite of rich consumer-facing apps, creating opportunities for them to better engage with their customers, whether through a usage-based insurance program or broader insurance retention strategies.

Zubie’s cellular-powered connected-car service has always resonated with parents who want peace of mind when it comes to their kids on the road. With the Zubie Teen App, parents “invite” their teen drivers into the app which then provides access to a driving scorecard and behavior trends, alerts about engine or battery problems, driving statistics and trip logs after each trip, and coaching with tips on how to be a safer and more efficient driver.

Because teens receive specific and relevant feedback after each trip, they can connect the dots between their driving behavior and the Zubie Score, which rates drivers on how safely and efficiently they are driving. Parents can view that and additional details so they are on the same page with their teen drivers.

The new Zubie Teen App – along with Zubie’s overall turnkey UBI solution – provides powerful and in-depth data for insurance underwriting and claims management purposes. Through the Zubie device inserted in the vehicle’s OBDII port, data is collected as frequently as every second, including various aspects of the car’s performance such as RPM, miles driven, battery voltage, engine diagnostics and other elements. Zubie aggregates this data and further augments it with information on location, speeding over the posted speed limit, harsh braking, and rapid accelerations. The combined data provides a more comprehensive understanding of teen driving behavior, and provides opportunities to proactively increase safety before there are incidents or accidents.

“Zubie and insurance providers share a commitment to family-centric apps that enhance safety and driving efficiency,” says Zubie vice president of business development, Craig Lozofsky. “We’re excited that our services resonate so well with Zubie families. Because the teens are ‘invited’ to access the data and it’s a simplified real-world picture of their car and driving detail, they’re more engaged and receptive to using the coaching tips and insights. Additionally it offers great insights to our insurance partners, helping them hone and enhance their family-centric UBI products.”

The Zubie Teen App comes free with Zubie service and is available for Android and iPhone. ?Zubie can be purchased at,, or Best Buy. Visit to learn more.

About Zubie
Zubie is a connected-car service focused on making driving safer and worry-free for business enterprises including automotive, insurance and mobile/telecom operators, as well as consumers and small businesses. The company was formed in 2012, and is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Zubie was the winner of the “2015 Best Insurance Telematics Product” award from TU Automotive, and the 2016 Tech CARS award for “Best OBDII Device with Software and Services” from Auto Connected Car.

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Dear Charleston Area Drivers: A Few Lessons in Courtesy and Safety

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By Mark A. Leon

Driving and traffic have become a hot bed of water cooler conversation in the last several years in the Charleston area due to the unorthodox population growth we have been experiencing.? Depending on whom you ask, we are going between 40 and 100 new residents a day into Charleston County and beyond.? Needless to say, with any growth, there are “growing pains” and one of them is increased traffic and a challenging infrastructure that needs to find solutions to our our road layout and the increasing number of vehicles.

There are ways, as drivers we can help provide a safer, environmentally sound and more courteous experience on the roadways.

We would like to provide a few reminders of some of the proper and improper behaviors.

Charleston area driver lessons and recommendations:

  • Don’t throw cigarette butts out your window – Please do not discard your cigarette butts out of your window.? This is our home.? You may think one or two or three a day does not make a difference, especially when they are tossed from different parts of town or on the highways, but let us put that in perspective for a moment.? What if 10,000 people threw out two a day.? That is 20,000 cigarettes littering our roads, sideways, marshland, rivers and the list goes on.? Even one is bad for the environment.


  • Stop signs are not optional – Often times, we see stop signs that seem inappropriate or there is rarely a need to stop because there isn’t traffic coming from the other direction or often at all.? That does not give a driver the option to roll through.? You may miss a pedestrian or unexpected vehicle and cause more harm than good.? Please respect the law of the stop sign and come to a complete stop.


  • Blinkers helps other drivers understand your actions on the roadway – Unfortunately, our population does not use blinkers often enough.? On the Crosstown or the Cooper River Bridge, where cars are moving quickly from lane to lane as the road curves, there are many hazards that can potentially be avoided if blinkers are used.? Blinkers provide drivers behind you an expectation of your next move and allow them to plan ahead to avoid any likely accidents.


  • Yield to pedestrians signs are law, not optional – If you are in a high pedestrian area and you see a yield to pedestrian sign, it is required law that you stop as a driver.? Most wait to see if a pedestrian makes a first move, then they slow down.? They should not have to take the risk and hope you stop.? If you see a pedestrian crossing sign and people at the corner, slow down and let them know you will stop for them so they are comfortable to cross the road.


  • The speed limit is in fact a limit – Often times I will find myself on the James Island Connector or the Cooper River Bridge being doing 5 miles an hour over the speed limit on cruise control and having every single car pass me with some exceeding the speed limit by 15 – 20 miles an hour.? Unfortunately, we do not have the law enforcement capacity to stop everyone that puts other drivers in harms way with their excessive speeding and drivers know that.? Use a little common road courtesy and not drive others off the road.


  • Texting at stop lights is bad – We all know it is against the law to text and drive.? We are reminded constantly on the radio and billboards.? For some, their lives are so important they have to text at every stop sign.? Here is the issue.? With increased traffic, every second counts at a stop light or turn signal light.? When you are at the head of the line and the light turns green to turn and you are finishing a text, 4 – 5 seconds go by before you react and that causes two cars to miss the turn and cause a further back up.? Wait until you reach your destination please.


There you have it.? Six little reminders to promote a safe, courteous and environmentally sound driving experience here in the Charleston area.